August 2017

August 7, 2017
Professor Dunbar Birnie recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support Rutgers' inventions and innovation for the next five years.  He will work in collaboration with the Rutgers Office of Research Commercialization, the Rutgers Business School and the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Coalition to nuture Rutgers’ inventions through an NSF I-Corps “Site”.  The Rutgers' I-Corp Site will provide mentoring and resources for faculty and student inventors to enhance commercialization prospects for their ideas.

July 2017

July 26, 2017
The MSE group page on LinkedIn has a new look! We recently updated our department's group page on LinkedIn.  Please check it out and join to stay connected with MSE: Materials Science and Engineering (formerly Ceramics)  !    
July 25, 2017
Thanks to the alumni and friends listed below already registered to attend the MSE Alumni Networking Event on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at The Frog and The Peach, New Brunswick, NJ.

June 2017

June 23, 2017
Ahmad Safari is recipient of the 2017 IEEE-UFFC Robert E Newnham Award for his sustained and impactful contributions in structure-property relationships of ferroelectric and piezoelectric ceramics, composites, and films. The IEEE Robert E. Newnham award is intended for international investigators in the field of dielectric, piezoelectric and multi-ferroics materials that have contributed significantly to the understanding of structure-property relations.
June 14, 2017
Dr. Jennifer Lynch-Branzoi recently received a $100,000 grant from Rutgers’ TechAdvance Fund for her project titled Graphene Enhanced Polymer Matrix Composites: Investigation of the Barrier Resistance to Small Gases and Fuel. She will investigate the permeation of small gases through graphene nanoflake enhanced polymer matrix composites (G-PMCs).  These lightweight, high performance G-PMCs are created by graphite exfoliation into graphene nanoflakes directly within molten polymer.
June 14, 2017
Professor Ashutosh Goel has been selected as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science (IJAGS). IJAGS is a leading peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of glass science and technology published by Wiley on the behalf of the American Ceramic Society (

May 2017

May 9, 2017
 Congratulations to Jamie Wooding (Class of 2017) and Jacob Kupferberg (’17)!! They are recipients of the National Science Foundation’s 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).  Eight students from Rutgers University, four of those from the School of Engineering, received this award.

April 2017

April 28, 2017
Professor Akdogan was once again awarded “Professor of the Year” by the Engineering Governing Council (EGC) for the academic year 2016/2017.  The EGC is a student run engineering governing body that works with the faculty and administration to represent the interests of the engineering students here at Rutgers.   The “Professor of the Year” award is presented in April at their annual Leadership Conference.
April 10, 2017
Congratulations Mark!  Mark Shaefer, a graduate student working with Professor Richard Haber and Vladislav Domnich, won Best Poster Award at the 2017 Mach Conference this past week with the poster titled "Hardness and Indentation-Induced Amorphizication in BxC".  The Mach Conference, presented by The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, showcases multiscale research in materials, emphasizing the advancement of science and engineering of materials and structures in extreme environments.  

March 2017

March 10, 2017
MSE Professor Mannish Chhowalla and undergraduate Jacob Kupferberg are highlighted for their groundbreaking innovation in graphene production in RU's video "Convergence of Big Ideas".